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Family identifies one of the victims in shooting near 24th and Auer; 1 in custody

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Two women are dead following a shooting near 24th and Auer Saturday night, Feb. 22. 

Milwaukee police said it happened just before 8:30 p.m. 

The two women, ages 30 and 31, were shot during circumstances still under investigation. 

Family members identified one of the victims as 31-year-old Meshala Bell-Pabai.

The family sent CBS 58 a statement saying, "Meshala was known for being loving and caring. She loved her only daughter. She was only 10 years old. (Meshala) was always the most adventurous out of the 8 of us. She took chances and always had a smile on her face. She was always that go-to person, willing to help, even if she didn't have much. Meshala was a good singer, dancer and entertainer and always had good vibes. She wasn’t perfect but she meant everything to her family. We are totally in disbelief and want everyone to pray not only for our family, but especially her daughter and our mother. She was definitely a special gem that will be truly missed." 

Bell-Pabai's family said they believe the other victim was her friend.

Neighbors said the shooting happened inside a home on North 24th Place, and they heard arguing before the shooting happened. One woman said she saw first responders trying to help one of the victims.

"They went to put the person into an ambulance," Dana Williamson said. "And I heard them say, 'Keep breathing for us. Please keep breathing for us.'"

Officials say a 32-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested at the scene.

Williamson said she is glad there will be some justice, but it doesn't compare to the two lives lost.

"I want these young women to get to my age. I want you to be a grandmother. I want you to see your kids grow," she said.

Bell-Pabai's family also created a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of her funeral and the costs of caring for her daughter.

Anyone with more information on this shooting is asked to contact police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS. 

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